Value creation from pelagic and demersal fisheries
Title: Rigor mortis and seafood quality
Flemming Jessen (WEFTA Award winner 2018)
Rigor mortis has an important influence on seafood quality! This statement seems to reflect a common understanding within the seafood area among industries as well as researchers. There is a huge literature on this subject investigating and explaining characteristics of the rigor mortis phenomenon as responsible for different quality aspects. In this way it seems to be a very well investigated area, but what do we really know about rigor mortis in fish and is it enough? Is rigor mortis actually itself a quality parameter with direct causal influence on quality or is it just a measurable correlating phenomenon that we bring in when we have no other explanations? Could new knowledge about rigor mortis help us maintaining the highest product quality even better than what is possible today? Answering these and other questions will be attempted.
Flemming Jessen is Senior Researcher at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU Food, and got his PhD in biology from University of Copenhagen in 1988. He has carried out research within post mortem biochemistry in the seafood area for more than 25 years with focus on quality and proteins, striving to understand the relationship between raw material properties and product quality in dependency of ante-mortem aspects (swimming, stress and feed composition), industrial processing and storage conditions. A main purpose has been to discover protein biomarkers (multiple) for process control and quality prediction for which studies on formation, function and changes of proteins as well as enzymatic degradation of protein structures have been central. Other substantial subjects have been rigor mortis, thaw rigor, water-holding capacity and frozen storage.
Flemming Jessen has worked with species as cod, herring, rainbow trout, salmon and shrimp. He has considerable experience in protein separation techniques particularly in two-dimensional gel electrophoresis for proteomics, image analysis and multivariate data handling. He has published about 75 papers in international peer reviewed journals, written 5 book chapters and supervised numerous BSc and MSc students, 13 PhD students and 5 postdocs.
DTU Food (National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark) researches and communicates sustainable and value-adding solutions in the area of food and health for the benefit of society and industry. The vision is that DTU Food creates welfare for the future through research into food and health, and makes a difference by producing knowledge and technical solutions
Title: Exploring/Unleashing business opportunities within new marine resources and advanced biorefining
Ole J. Marvik, Special Advisor for Life Sciences at Innovation Norway
The talk will discuss fundamental drivers, opportunities and obstacles related to industrialization of biobased value chains, with examples from the marine sector, including mesopelagic organisms.
Ole J. Marvik, Special Advisor for Life Sciences at Innovation Norway, the main Government agency for industry development. Marvik is the founder and former CEO of the antibody therapeutics company Affitech and co-founder of several other life science companies. He has been active in industry policy through many board and advisory positions, including the national strategies on biotechnology. He represents Norway in OECD’s task force on emerging technologies (BNCT). Currently, Marvik is engaged in various initiatives to stimulate the bioeconomy in Norway. This includes opportunities based on improved utilization of traditional feedstocks, new value chains from novel bioresources, as well as carbon capture and reuse. Marvik holds a PhD in molecular and structural biology and a master's degree in business management.
Title: Developing higher value opportunities from an under-utilised resource: blue whiting
Michael Gallagher, Pelagic Sector Manager within BIM, Ireland
Blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou) represents Ireland’s largest accessible fish species by volume, with over 400,000MT caught annually within Ireland’s EEZ. As a member of the cod family this species, has a potentially wide application, particularly with the growing global demand for good quality protein. However, to date this species has largely been largely relegated to commodity and fishmeal production due to a lack of market insights and processing innovation. Over the past twelve months, BIM has worked closely with Irish pelagic processors and fishers to resolve processing issues and evolve market opportunities for blue whiting utilizing a tailored innovation process to identify and resolve issues and progress opportunities. Commercial processing trials were completed in Killybegs in April 2019, which proved that quality blue whiting can be commercially processed. Mince and surimi trials are currently underway. Product samples (fillets, h&g, mince, surimi) produced during the trials are being distributed to customers over the coming months to gauge specific market opportunities. Business models based on the processing trials and the market data will be communicated to pelagic processors to guide future higher margin opportunities.
Michael Gallagher holds a PhD in fisheries biology and an MBA on knowledge transfer. As Pelagic Sector Manager within BIM Michael engages with seafood processors, fishers, agencies and authorities and commercial partners to develop growth opportunities along the value chain. This includes supporting innovative technologies to increase efficiencies or add value for both established species and under-utilised pelagic species.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Sea Fish Board"; or BIM "Irish Sea Fisheries Board"), established under the Sea Fisheries Act, 1952, is the agency of the Irish state with responsibility for developing the Irish marine fishing and aquaculture industries.
BIM’s strategy aims to enhance the competitiveness of the Irish seafood sector focusing on the following five key strategic priorities:
BIM's vision is to lead the Irish Seafood sector through our effective support and deep expertise so that Ireland becomes the international leader in high value differentiated products that satisfy the growing demand for healthy, safe, responsibly and sustainably produced seafood.
Title: Bigger production units in pelagic fish area – herring, mackerel and blue whiting - and especially VAS
Bogi Jacobsen, managing director
Session 2: Sustainable aquaculture – healthy production today and in the future
Title: Faroese Aquaculture from the beginning until today.The position of aquaculture today and the development in the future
Name: Atli Gregersen, Managing director
When Salmon Farming started in the Faroes around 1980 there were big expectations, but very little knowledge, both between the farmers and within the official administration and not least among the politicians. Subsequently, we experienced a big crisis in the fish farming business. But things have been turned around, because the industry and the official bodies have strived to implement better practices, as well as the world’s most stringent regulation for salmon farming. The presentation will tell the story about how salmon farming in the Faroes became a success.
Atli Gregersen, b. 1956. Managing director in the salmon farming company Luna which is selling the famous Hiddenfjord Salmon. Atli holds a Master in Fisheries Science from the University of Tromsø 1982. Worked at Fiskaaling, the Aquaculture Research Station of the Faroe Islands from 1982-1986. From 1986, Gregersen has been managing director at Luna. Since 1990, Gregersen has also been member of the board of Havbúnaðarfelagið, the Faroese Aquaculture Association.
Session 3: Zero waste production and biorefining (Total utilisation)
Session 4: Health effects of seafood consumption and promotion of marine-based food
Title: Marine contaminants and health. (Health & Ocean (seafood))
Pál Weihe, chief physician, professor
Organisms high in the marine food chain are high in contaminants, e.g. mercury and persistent organic pollutants. High dietary intake of these species leads to high blood concentrations in humans. The high exposure to these contaminants is associated with negative impact on the central nervous system and the immune system.
Consultant at the Dept. of Occupational Health, Faroe National Hospitals, Torshavn, Faeroe Islands
Adjunct Professor at the University of Faroe Islands
Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Visiting Scientist in the Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Education and training
M.D., University of Copenhagen, 1977
Specialist Community Medicine / Occupational Medicine, Danish National Board of Health, 1988
Medical Director at the Faroe National Hospitals 1989-2000.
Medical Consultant the Faroese Social Administration 1988- 2019
President and secretary at the Faroese Council of Alcohol and Tobacco 1990-2001.
Board member at the Faroese Road Safety Council 1990-2000.
President for the Faroese AIDS Council 1990-1991.
Board member at the Faroese Tobacco Council 1995-2000.
Board member at the Faroe Research Council 1996-2001.
Chairman, Faroese Board of Public Health 2005-2016.
Extensive experience with graduate and postgraduate teaching.
Reviewer of PhD theses. Opponent in doctoral defences.
PhD supervisor at the University of Southern Denmark.
On the editorial board: Health Statistics for the Nordic Countries, NOMESCO. 1997- 2001
Research funding from mainly from US-NIH, Danish EPA, EU and the Faroese Research Council
170+ scientific papers in per reviewed scientific journals and books. 5500+ times cited. H-index 45
Lectures and conferences
120+ invited lectures
Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health, The Faroese Hospital System
Session 5: Seafood safety and authenticity (emerging risks)
Tbc-possible – NN: Micro and nano-plastics
Session 6: Micro and macroalgae and future applications
Ólavur Gregersen, Managing Director